Category Archives: Publishing your work

Student Essay Award: Book History Essay Prize

Book History, a yearly scholarly journal on the history of printing and publishing, gives away an annual essay award to graduate students writing about books. It’s composed of a $400 cash prize and publication in the journal.

“The deadline for submission for each editorial year is 31 August. Please contact either Ezra Greenspan or Jonathan Rose for more information.”

It doesn’t seem to require that the essay be written for class credit, or suggest a word limit or range. So, if you don’t have any appropriate pieces lying around, you can start writing now to meet that end-of-summer deadline. You’ll want to follow the rather loose guidelines for submission to the journal, at the bottom of this page:

“Authors should send to the appropriate editor one copy of their work – either in hard copy or in electronic form as a Microsoft Word file, or both – which should be typed double spaced (including notes and citations) and documented in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. The manuscript may be submitted as an email attachment, after advance notice to the editor. The title page should include the author’s name, telephone number, postal address, and E-mail address. Contributors are welcome to submit illustrations and graphs with their texts. Due to the journal’s book-length format, essays of unusual length are welcome. Submissions acceptable to the editors will be double reviewed by outside experts in the field.”

Access to previous issues of Book History can be had through membership in SHARP or Project Muse. You might also be interested in this list of past essay prize winners.

2014 Annual Award for Best Libri Student Paper

De Gruyter Saur announces the 2014 annual award for best Libri Student Paper.

Since 1950, through 63 volumes, “Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services” has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Paper of 2014.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.

Students at all levels* are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.

Length: approx. 5000 words
Language: English
Deadline: June 30, 2014

The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of
– originality of thought and observation
– depth of research and scholarship
– topicality of problems addressed
– the international readership of the journal

The article will be published in the 2014:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of EUR500 and with a complementary subscription to Libri for 2015. If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as honourable mention and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2015. The normal provision to the author of e-prints applies to all winners.

Manuscripts should be submitted to When submitting a paper for the Best Student Paper Award, please choose “Library Student Award” at the drop down menu “Manuscript Type”. Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site at

All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:
. the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled;
. the dates when the student is or was enrolled;
. the date when the paper was written and the course for which it was prepared if no longer a student.

* Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

To read about previous winners and for further information see:

Call for Chapters: Bringing Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts into the Library

Call for Chapters: Bringing Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts into the Library

Book Publisher: American Library Association

Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS

Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook, American Library Association, 2010

The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times, American Library Association, 2011

Chapters sought from U.S. and Canadian librarians who’ve worked with visual and performing artists to bring the arts into libraries to keep them vibrant community cultural centers. Innovative public, school, librarians who have encouraged painters, photographers, musicians, writers, and other creative talent of various ages.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-4,000 words written by one or up to three co-authors. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings.

Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Possible topics: community programs and outreach, working with students, security and legal concerns, using the media, open houses, readings and book launches, displays, collaborations with community groups, workshops, grants.

To avoid duplication, please e-mail 2-3 topics described separately in 2-3 sentences by April 24, 2011 with a brief bio. Kindly place, ARTS/Your Name, on the subject line to:

NEA Newsletter Call for News!

Attention archivists, students, and repositories in the New England area:

The NEA newsletter is currently seeking articles about your activities and accomplishments for the July 2011 issue of the NEA newsletter. The newsletter relies entirely on entries from members, so please share your news with the archives community!

Past entries have included announcements about newly processed collections, new acquisitions, renovations and expansions, grants received, project updates, exhibit openings, student activities, photographs from collections, and internship opportunities. However, anything of interest to the archives community is welcome!

You can also add an item to our calendar of upcoming events (events, workshops, meetings, conferences, symposia, etc). Please limit your news item to around 150 words, or your calendar entry to around 25 words, and be sure to include your repository name, location, and a phone number or email address at the end of the piece.

The NEA will appreciate the time and thought you put into your writing!!

Send submissions by 05/16/2011 to:

Michael Dello Iacono
Records Manager
Suffolk University
Moakley Archive and Institute
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

Nominate! ARLIS/NA Worldwide Books Award for Publications

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Worldwide Books Awards for Publications is given in recognition of outstanding publications by ARLIS/NA Individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The form of recognition may range from a certificate of merit to a cash award of up to $1,500. Nominated works must have been published during the 2009 or 2010 calendar year.

Applications and accompanying material must be postmarked by February 4th, 2011.

Guidelines and application form are available on the ARLIS/NA website:
Previous award winners can be found here:

Questions? Please contact the Research Award Committee Co-Chairs
Amy Ballmer, CUNY Graduate Center,
Melanie Emerson, Art Institute of Chicago,

ACRL Webcast: From Idea to Publication

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is now accepting registrations for this three-part series on academic publishing for librarians.  Each webcast has a separate $50 registration fee.

Webcast 1: Understanding the Research Question (September 23, 2010)

Webcast 2: Analysis and Writing (November 4, 2010)

Webcast 3: Submitting for Publication (December 1, 2010)

Please see ACRL’s site for full description of learning outcomes, date, and presenters for each webcast.

Professional development at ALA-Annual in Chicago

For those of you planning to attend the American Library Association’s annual Conference in Chicago, July 9 – July 15, here are two great programs which may be of interest to new librarians.

The Conference Mentoring Program
(sponsored by the New Members Round Table, NMRT) is open to all ALA members and is designed to connect a first time conference attendee with a ‘seasoned professional’ who can help them navigate the ALA Annual Conference.

For the guidelines and an online application form please visit . The application deadline is June 15, 2009. Applicants will be matched with a Conference Mentor in June and communicate via email or telephone prior to the conference and then meet during the conference. Note: there will be a separate Career Mentoring Program for those interested in professional guidance, details TBA.

ACRL Research Writer’s Consultations – New for ALA Annual – Are you an ACRL member working on a research article? Would you like some constructive feedback? Submit a draft research paper for consultation. They will match new writers with experienced writers and the groups will meet face-to-face during the Chicago conference. Draft research papers must be submitted by June 1, 2009. Papers will be shared only among members of the designated groups. Submission details can be found here:

More info to come on meetings and events of note as the conference approaches.

ALA Annual Conference website:
Follow on Twitter: @alaannual

Recommended Blogs for Art Reviews – New ARLIS publication

ARLIS/NA has just announced a new online publication, Recommended Blogs for Art Reviews.

This is a really great resource, and many thanks to Joel Atkinson, Rachel Beckwith, Sherman Clarke, Ross Day, Jennifer Faist, Joy Garnett, Jennifer L. Hehman, Jacqueline L. Rogers, Amy Watson and editors Jennifer L. Hehman and Kraig Binkowski.

I’d love to see this list in, too. There’s actually a lot of overlap with links already in the ArLiSNAP account. Maybe we could come up with a tag to denote sites that are on the Recommended Blogs list? Or maybe we could work with the editors so that they could create a second version of their list in It just seems to me that such a great resource should be shared far beyond the ARLIS/NA circle…

Highlights from College and Research News

From Volume 68, Number 10:

Pearls of wisdom from Deborah Lee’s “On the Tenure Track: Strategies for Success”

  • Get documentation about your institution’s tenure process
  • Talk to people who have recently gone through tenure in your library
  • Get a mentor
  • Make a plan and visualize your successful portfolio
  • Keep supporting documentation throughout your career

Overview of Sandra Kroupa’s role in the University of Washington’s Book Arts Collection

  • “My job is primarily to be the conduit between the artist and viewer. The artist can’t talk to the person directly, but they can talk to them through me as I provide the book.”

ARLIS/NA Reviews: Call for Reviewers

For the next “column” of ARLIS NA Reviews [], I am seeking ARLIS NA members to review the titles that appear at the end of this email. The deadline for submission of a 450-word review is Friday,
December 21. The title will be mailed to you, with instructions for completing your review.

If you are interested, email me no later than Friday, November 9, with the following information:

Your Name:
Your Email:
Previous Writing Experience:
Areas of Subject Expertise:
Mailing Address (to which you would like the book mailed; include street address for UPS delivery):

And here is the list of titles that I’m hoping to match to reviewers:

  • Antonio Mancini: Nineteenth-Century Italian Master by Ulrich W. Hiesinger [Yale University Press; 144 p.]
  • Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities by Laura E. Perez [Duke University Press; 408 p.]
  • The Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism Since the French Revolution by Dario Gamboni [University of Chicago Press; 416 p.]
  • The Life & The Work: Art and Biography edited by Charles G. Salas [Getty Research Institute; 176 p.]
  • Looking at Laughter: Humor, Power, and Transgression in Roman Visual Culture 100 B.C.-A.D. 250 by John Clarke [University of California Press; 321 p.]
  • The Origins of American Photography: From Daguerreotype to Dry Plate, 1839-1885: The Hallmark Collection… by Keith F Davis [Yale University
    Press; 360 p.]
  • Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florance by Patricia Lee Rubin [Yale University Press; 418 p.]
  • Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond edited by Eduardo Kac [MIT Press; 430 p.]
  • The Society Portrait From David to Warhol by Gabriel Badea-Paun [Vendome Press; 223 p.]
  • Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson edited by Madeleine Grynsztejn [Thames & Hudson; 278 p.]
  • The Triumph of Modernism: India’s Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922-1947 by Parha Mittter [University of Chicago Press; 256 p.]
  • Ultra Materials: How Materials Innovation is Changing the World by George Beylerian and Andrew Dent [Thames & Hudson; 288 p.]
  • What Makes a Great Exhibition? edited by Paula Marincola (Reaktion Book;176 p.]

Joan Stahl
Review Editor, ARLIS NA Reviews